September is the perfect time to rethink how you use and react to the word “recovery.” Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration promotes National Recovery Month as a way to celebrate people recovering from mental illness or substance use disorders. Maybe you’ve only ever heard the word “recovery” used with a negative connotation, like recovering something at a crime scene. But consider this: The dictionary definition of “recovery” is “being in the process of overcoming.”
Aren’t we all in the process of overcoming something?
Maybe you’re overcoming grief, or a trauma that happened to you as a child, or a medical condition, or divorce, or job loss, or even COVID-19.
When you put it in that context, recovery is really just change, positive change toward a more positive future, toward a better life. We applaud every person who is working to overcome something, regardless of their income level or their ethnicity or upbringing.
Let’s clap for those setting goals. Recovery is a process. You may not reach your goal in one day, one week, or even one month. Setting goals and meeting them, no matter how long it takes, is an important part of making a change. Follow the SMART goal steps to amplify your success:
- Specific: Focusing your efforts will require specificity and clarity. Consider “W” questions- what, why, who, where and which.
- Measurable: Make a goal measurable by assigning a deadline and determining times when you will work toward your goal. Consider “How” questions- how much? How often?
- Achievable: Whatever goal you decide to create, be sure it is realistic! It can be disappointing to not attain a goal, so create one within reach.
- Relevant: What matters to you? A goal is possible to attain when it is important and valid to YOU.
- Time-bound: Establish a target date and make your goal a priority.
Let’s clap for those making progress. No matter where you are on your journey toward recovery, you’re making a healthy change in your life. Whether you’ve been recovering for six months or are just starting today, all progress is worth celebrating.
Let’s clap for those who have made positive change. Any type of recovery is a step toward a happier, healthier future. Making the decision to prioritize your health, wellness, and safety is worth applauding.
For more, watch this video and follow along with the worksheet to see how you can start making small changes today.
Want to talk to someone about changes you’d like to make in your life? For more information on our services, call 708-PILLARS (708-745-5277).